Posing Nude for the Saints

Texas Review Press, Summer 2019

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The daughter of a prostitute falls in love with a Mennonite and finds herself torn between two worlds; a young husband comes to terms with his wife’s terminal cancer, confronting his own helplessness and terror.  A divorcee who responds to a Craigslist ad for boudoir photography finds more than what she bargained for; a widow shops for a last supper for herself and her unborn child. A woman in crisis learns her mother’s deepest secret; a family of five vacations in a wild landscape that foreshadows their collapse. Set primarily in rural east Tennessee, these stories and others portray men and women whose souls are all exposed, and for whom redemption is yet possible.

Praise for Posing Nude for the Saints:

“Like an intense consolation from Boethius or an exquisitely turned argument by Saint Paul, these wondrously real stories each transformed me—they verge on conversion experiences. But they bear such a practical scale, that shocking recognition that an epiphany heralds not an exultant end so much as a beginning, a new, arduous, yet hopeful calling. The humanity, the yearning, the raw spirituality of these characters shines indelible. I will never forget being ravished and at last won over by this miraculous collection.”


—Steve Yates, author of The Legend of the Albino Farm: A Novel, Some Kinds of Love: Stories, and Sandy and Wayne: A Novella


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